NCSL is livestreaming seven sessions from the Legislative Summit in Tampa, Fla. You can watch the livestream on NCSL’s Facebook page, courtesy of Ohio Channel.

The nation’s premier bipartisan gathering of state legislatures

Join your colleagues from across the country to connect, collaborate and share best practices for how to address common policy challenges.

Learn from the nation’s foremost policy experts on a wide range of issues and to gain unique insights and practical knowledge to navigate your state’s future in a post-pandemic world.

November in sunny Tampa is the perfect time and place for legislators and legislative staff to lay the policy groundwork for their state’s next legislative session.



John Medina

Developmental molecular biologist John Medina, author of The New York Times bestseller “Brain Rules,” delivers a keynote on the ways brain sciences might influence how we work and how we teach our children.


Nirav R. Shah

Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, is senior scholar at Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center and a leader in patient safety and quality, innovation and digital health.


Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

As the featured speaker of the “Honoring All Who Served” ceremony recognizing veterans, FlyGirl holds the esteemed title of being America’s first Black female combat pilot. She is also a former captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and author of “Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter.”


Dan White

Dan White, director of government consulting and fiscal policy research for Moody’s Analytics, considers the impact of COVID-19 and uses new economic models to offer an insider’s perspective on the nation’s economy.


Cynthia Marten

Cynthia Marten is deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and former superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District. During 32 years as an educator, she has worked as a teacher, literacy specialist, vice principal and principal. Marten is the author of "Word Crafting: Teaching Spelling, Grades K-6," which focuses on literacy as a key to student success.


Darcy Luoma

Darcy Luoma is a master certified coach who has worked as director for a U.S. senator, deputy transition director for a governor and on the national advance team for two presidential campaigns. As the owner and CEO of Darcy Luoma Coaching & Consulting LLC, she has worked in 48 industries with 210 organizations and more than 500 individual clients to create high-performing people and teams.


Janine Shepherd

Janine Shepherd is an internationally renowned speaker and former champion skier whose inspiring TED talk, “A Broken Body Isn’t a Broken Person,” has over 1.7 million views. After a bike accident ended her skiing career, Shepherd faced a daunting recovery and an uncertain future. She went on to become a commercial pilot and aerobatics flight instructor, earn a university degree and author six bestselling books. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in resilience and disability.


Chris Westfall

Chris Westfall is an expert on leadership communication who has helped launch more than 50 companies. As a consultant to political leaders, media personalities, government officials and Fortune 100 companies, Westfall helps audiences tap into authentic communication skills. He’s also an award-winning MBA instructor and the author of eight books, including his most recent, “Easier.”


Thomas O. Hicks Jr.

Thomas O. Hicks Jr. has been co-chairman of the Republican National Committee since January 2019. He previously served as chairman of America First Action PAC and America First Policies. Prior to the 2016 presidential election, Hicks served as national finance co-chairman for Donald J. Trump for President. He was vice chair of the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Finance Committee and worked with the transition team following the election.


Ray LaHood

Ray LaHood served as secretary of transportation from 2009 to 2013, leading an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget. He oversaw all air, maritime and surface transportation, and is known for his pioneering work to fight distracted driving. A former Illinois Republican congressman and state legislator, LaHood worked across party lines and frequently reminded others that “there is no such thing as a Democratic road or a Republican bridge.” .


Kristen Clarke

Kristen Clarke is the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice. She began her career as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division through the Department of Justice’s Honors Program. In 2006, Clarke joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where she helped lead the organization’s work in the areas of voting rights and election law across the country. Clarke became the head of the Civil Rights Bureau for the New York State Attorney General’s Office in 2011, where she led broad civil rights enforcement actions.


James Kvaal

Attorney James Kvaal is under secretary in the U.S. Department of Education and former president of the Institute for College Access and Success. He previously served as special assistant for economic policy and deputy undersecretary of education under President Obama and worked to establish a plan for free community college. Kvaal developed the federal college ratings system now known as the College Scorecard.


Schedule at a Glance

Full Agenda


8 a.m.-3 p.m.
NCSL Task Forces

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee

1-3:15 p.m.
Executive Committee Subcommittee Meetings

3:30-5:30 p.m.
Full Executive Committee


Exhibit Hall 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

8-8:45 a.m.
New Attendee Orientation

9-10:15 a.m.
General Session:
Brain Rules: Mind Over Matters

10:30-11:30 a.m.

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Noon-2 p.m.
Lunch and visit our exhibitors!

2-3:15 p.m.

3:30-5 p.m.

5-6:30 p.m.
It’s Good to Be Back!
Reception: Waterfront Plaza

States' Night

THURSDAY    Nov. 4

Exhibit Hall 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

7:30-8:45 a.m.
Committee Meetings

9-10:15 a.m.
General Session
Honoring All Who Served

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Sessions/Committee Meetings

11a.m.-1 p.m.
Lunch and visit our exhibitors!

1-2 p.m.
Sessions/Committee Meetings

2:15-3:45 p.m.
Legislative Staff University

4-5 pm

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Social Event:
Friends, Fins and Fireworks

FRIDAY   Nov. 5

8-9:15 a.m.

  • Democratic Breakfast
  • Republican Breakfast
  • Legislative Staff Breakfast

9:30 a.m.-Noon
Business Meeting
General Session:
Supply Chains: What’s Wrong—And Can It Be Fixed?

Noon-4 p.m.
Post Conferences
Task Forces

Tampa Convention Center